County, ALDOT sued over U.S. 231 river bridge right-of-way

A lawsuit has been filed in Blount County Circuit Court contesting the county’s and/or state’s possession of a right-ofway originally conveyed in 1940 for construction of U.S. 231 and the U.S. 231 bridge at the point it crosses the Locust Fork River north of Cleveland. The owners of the property and plaintiffs in the suit are Allan and Susan Bryan […]


far beyond our poor power to add or detract’

‘…we cannot dedicate, we can not consecrate – we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract…It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died […]

Superintendent opening posted for county schools

The notice for a job opening resulting from the retirement of Blount County Schools Superintendent Jim Carr has been posted on the Blount County schools website to notify possible candidates of the position, according to Blount County Board of Education chairman Bruce McAfee. McAfee said the board would meet in June to announce a decision as to who the new […]

Time to turn the tassel

After years of textbooks, pop quizzes, and essays, high school seniors across the county have reached the goal and are gearing up for graduation. For the first time, Southeastern High School will celebrate a graduating class. Forty-nine seniors will walk during the ceremony which will take place at 7 p.m., on Thursday. Whether it will be in the gym or […]

Bringing home the gold

(and silver and bronze)

Winners of the 2015 Alabama Press Association Better Newspaper Contest and the Advertising Contest were announced this week by Dee Ann Campbell, chairman of the contest committees. Seventy newspapers submitted 2,888 entries in the annual Better Newspaper contest and 44 newspapers submitted 1,032 entries for the Advertising Contest. The Tennessee Press Association judged entries in both contests. The Blount Countian […]


ALTOONA DAY 2015 will be Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be food, arts and crafts, classic cars, activities for the kids, live music, and classic TV stars. For more information, phone city hall at 589-2311. BLOUNTSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION will have a Memorial Day barbecue on Monday, May 25, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. […]

Chicken pox cases being investigated at Hayden

Since May 4, 30 students at Hayden Primary School have reported having a rash that closely resembles chicken pox, according to a press release from the Alabama Department of Public Health. The Blount County Health Department is investigating the cases that have affected kindergartners, first-graders, and second-graders, but no severe complications have been reported. However, many of the children have […]

La Morenita Supermarket opens in Oneonta

Oneonta hires lifeguards; adds part-time officers

Completing its list of park and recreation summer employees, the Oneonta City Council voted to hire 20 youths as pool and lifeguard employees. Several of the workers return, some for a third year or more. The council approved: Jacob Adams, Bailey Anderton, Ethan Boyd, Riley Boyd, Thomas Boyd, Maddie Cheak, Meghan Claburn, William Cornelius, Bailee Gibbs, Sara Higginbotham, Jamie Jones, […]

Snead recesses into executive session

In the middle of its regular meeting, the Snead Town Council recessed into executive session, citing “pending litigation” as the legally permissible reason. Although town attorney Brett King had estimated the additional session would run no more than 10 minutes, that session ran well beyond a half-hour. Police Chief Phillip Weaver, initially, remained behind with the council, mayor, and King. […]